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New development in Brighton Road, Handcross
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New development in Brighton Road, Handcross

The demolition of the former Mullick and Worzel factory in Brighton Road, Handcross has been completed as can be seen in this photograph taken in January 2016.
The factory was the last roadside building on the left in the Brighton Road immediately before the steep slope down to join the A23 road.
Planning permission has been granted for seven houses; four of which will be on the roadside, beyond which will be a drive to provide access to another three houses to be built at the rear of the site.
The Large Version shows a similar view. Just to the left of the excavator can be seen the rear of a block of three Nymans Cottages in Staplefield Road.

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Picture added on 09 January 2016 at 18:02
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Roads - Handcross - Brighton Road
I started my apprenticeship at M & W as a tool and die maker, and chain-maker.
I worked with Dick Vigar and Norman Copeland. I also learned to speak basic German as well.
What has happened to the big house next door, that Mr and Mrs Wurzel lived in?
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 15 January 2016
Mick, I think you are referring to The Red House, access for which is through wrought iron gates supported by brick pillars with lamps on top. One of the pillars can be seen on the Large Version photograph.
The house was divided into three flats many years ago.
If you are considering returning to England I hear that one of the flats will be coming on the market quite soon!
Added by David Pearce on 06 February 2016
Thanks, David. Wow, how the village is changing. If I did return to Handcross it would seem alien to me.
The Hyde has all changed; houses where the Fountain used to be, what a shame. All in the name of progress.
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 07 February 2016
I seem to remember Mullick and Wurzel ran some kind of factory in Boxall and Collins's old premises making and assembling costume jewellery.
I worked there one summer holiday in about 1961 and a cheery young woman working alongside me told me she was going out with one Pete Brown, who went to Staplefield School.
For some reason I didn't reveal that I was his contemporary at Staplefield!
Added by Angus Hardern (Hong Kong) on 08 February 2016
Mullick and Wurzel operated the plating and anodizing plant in the old garage. Alf Gardener and then his son, Edward, ran the plant.
Most of the employees of the plant and factory lived locally,
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 09 February 2016
My Dad was Norman Copeland and my Mum, Maureen, worked part time in the factory office.
I worked weekends and school holidays in both the anodising plant and the jewellery factory in about 1976/77.
Added by Nicola Holmes (née Copeland) on 20 February 2018
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